The online CTE undergraduate degree at Appalachian

Distance Education at Appalachian State University offers the only degree program in the state of North Carolina licensing Career and Technical Education (CTE) teachers. Graduates of the CTE undergraduate degree program will be in extremely high demand, both here in North Carolina and across the nation.

Appalachian’s Reich College of Education is renowned for its comprehensive curriculum, extensive field experiences and values-based instruction. Faculty and students come together as a community of learners who inquire about and examine the nature of teaching, education and learning.

This is your opportunity to seize your passion and turn it into a CTE undergraduate degree. CTE teachers get to teach highly relevant subjects to students at both the middle and high school levels, showing today’s youth how to use the latest technologies and compete in business and industry. In addition, graduates of the CTE undergraduate degree program may choose to enter the industry as trainers, community colleges and career centers as instructors, and cooperative extension agencies.

Distance Education at Appalachian: Keep your lifeā€¦ Change your future.

More information on Career and Technical Education


  • Career center instructor
  • Middle school teacher
  • High school teacher
  • Educator in business or industry

Degree details


  • Business, Finance and Information Technology Education: Teach courses like Business Law, Computer Applications, Sports Marketing and Computer Networking. Click for course information
  • Business, Marketing and Entrepreneurship Education: Teach courses like Entrepreneurship, Hospitality & Tourism, Fashion Merchandising and Sports & Entertainment Marketing. Click for course information
  • Technology, Engineering and Design Education: Teach courses like Game Art, Design, Robotics, Principles of Engineering and Technological Systems. Click for course information
  • Trade and Industry Education: Teach courses like Digital Media, Drafting, Automotive, Carpentry or Welding at the Secondary or Post-secondary level. Click for course information
  • Family & Consumer Sciences Education: Teach courses like Apparel & Textiles, Interior Design, Parenting, Foods & Nutrition, Early Childhood Education and Principles of Family and Human Services. Click for course information

Program information

  • 13-15 hours per semester, on average, year-round
  • Completion time: Four semesters of classes plus one semester of student teaching

Admission Requirements

The following are criteria required for entry. After admission, you may need additional transfer hours. The hours delivered by Appalachian and your transfer hours must equal 123-128 hours by the end of the program.

  • Transfer Admission to the university
  • Minimum of 30 transfer credit hours: Our convenient Pre-Application Evaluation form (watch our video to learn more) will help you determine how your previous coursework satisfies program entrance requirements.

Program Requirements

During the program, students must meet the following requirements:

  • Pass criminal background check at start of Semester 1
  • Admission to Teacher Education by Semester 2
  • Praxis CORE test or equivalent requirements before Semester 2
  • Student Teaching during Semester 5 is a full-time unpaid experience in a NC classroom setting during daytime hours. Speak with your advisor about student teaching before you start this program.
  • Praxis II by the end of Semester 5
  • Before finishing this program, you must also have met Appalachian’s General Education requirements.

Note: Up until Student Teaching, the coursework in this program is delivered completely online. However, some courses require hours in a public school setting.


All application materials must be submitted by the deadline

Semester Start Application Deadline
Fall July 1

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Out of State Licensure

Appalachian cannot confirm whether this professional licensure program will meet the requirements for professional licensure outside North Carolina; therefore, prior to enrollment, if you intend to practice in another state, you must determine if this program meets requirements for licensure in your state by contacting your appropriate licensing agencies.